Friday 20 December 2019

GPS Coordinates

A recent conversation with a climber who was visiting Lleida for the first time, alerted us to the possible pitfalls of relying purely on the GPS coordinates we provide in the sector approach descriptions.
It seems that on two occasions his Satnav device took him and his friend to completely the wrong place. The first time this happened he was certain that the coordinates we gave in the guidebook were faulty, but when it happened again at a different sector he decided to investigate. It turned out that the mapping software he had installed on his Satnav was for driving only (on recognized roads) and as both the sector parking areas he had failed to reach involved 'off-road' driving on forestry tracks, the device didn't have a clue what to do. In fact, it took them to the nearest point on a surfaced road and then delivered the 'you have reached your destination' message.
The moral of this story is that you should not only make sure your Satnav device is loaded with the appropriate mapping software, but also make sure to read the approach descriptions and consult the physical maps in the guidebook!

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Perles —

The route (sector Roc d'en Betriu in Perles), listed as a project in Lleida Climbs 3, has been climbed by Dani Andrada at a grade of 8a. It may have been done before...

Perles — Pont de L'Arc error

In Lleida Climbs 3 there is an error in the topo for Pont de L'Arc in Perles. We describe route 14 as Sin Perdón (8b+) and route 16 as (8b+) when in fact it is the other way around.

Monday 28 October 2019

Abella de La Conca — Error

Our Eagle-eyed correspondent, Albert Cortés, has spotted an error in the topo for the right-hand side of Sector Església (page 280 in Lleida Climbs 3rd edition). Route number 41 is, in fact, 'Entrepans' (3) and number 42 is 'El 6c más duro del Mundo' (7b), not the other way around as we show it in the guide. Thanks Albert!

Saturday 26 October 2019

Castellassos (Coll de Nargó) — update

A new climb has been equipped on the right-hand side of sector Castellassos in Coll de Nargó (pages 360-361 in Lleida Climbs 3rd. edition).
The route starts as for 'Nemon' then goes right after a few metres. No name is available yet but a provisional grade of 7b+ has been suggested.

Thanks to Joan Bigarret 'Biga' for this information.

Fígols a L'Ombra — Update

Two new climbs have been added to the far right-hand side of sector 'Fígols a L'Ombra' in Fígols (pages 408-409 in Lleida Climbs 3rd edition).
No names are available for these climbs at the moment but both are graded 6b+.
Thanks to Joan Bigarret 'Biga' for this information.

Contrafort de Rumbau — Update

Here is an updated topo for the 'Pitos' area of Contrafort de Rumbau in Oliana (Page 338 in Lleida Climbs 3rd edition).

Thanks to Joan Bigarret 'Biga' for the information.

Thursday 17 October 2019

Lleida Climbs 3 now available!!!

The third edition of our Lleida Climbs guidebook is now available to for purchase both in Spain and the UK. The new guide is not just a minor update, it is packed full of new sectors and new routes!

Monday 18 February 2019

Fígols - Sector Xapat: new approach info

New access restrictions affect the approach to Sector Xapat. In the current edition of Lleida Climbs we stated that those with 4x4 vehicles could drive all the way up the 'Camí de Narieda' track, from the L-401 road right to a parking area within 5 minutes of the sector. Unfortunately a 'no access for unauthorized vehicles' signpost has recently been placed right at the start of the track. Apparently some local climbers ignore the signpost and continue to drive to the crag... of course, we cannot condone this...
For those who don't wish to flout the rules, walking up the track is long (4km!) but not particularly arduous, and quite pleasant. A reasonable pace should see you at the lower of the two crags comprising the sector (Indian Summer) in 50-55 minutes.
There have also been access changes to the alternative approach to the sector from the north: the owners of 'La Serra' farmstead, through which the approach described in Lleida Climbs goes, have erected a large metal gate barring the way and made it clear they do not wish people passing through their property. Fortunately, it is possible to re-join the original path by using the track which forks rightward from the main track some 1.3km after the village of Romanins (and 600m before the the metal gate barring access to La Serra). Follow the track past farm buildings (no signposts) to reach the streambed. Here, at a sharp right-hand bend (just before reaching the Font de Codonyes) a path marked by a large cairn cuts off to the left. Follow the the path uphill past numerous cairns to wear it levels out, and then continue until reaching the original approach at the Figols / Font de Cordonyes signpost. Turn right and follow the original approach information as described in Lleida Climbs. The approach time is slightly longer than the original way (30-35 minutes) and the lack of parking areas near the start of the farm track (their are better places several hundred metres lower down) will add a few minutes more.
Note: Since the publication of Lleida Climbs second edition in 2013, the number of climbs in Sector Xapat has almost doubled. Revised topos will be published in the next edition of Lleida Climbs (planned for Autumn 2019 release) but in the meantime info can be found in the bar 'El Portal' in Organyà.